- Reduces cholesterol
Many studies have shown that the beta-glucan fiber in oats is effective at reducing both total and LDL cholesterol levels.
- Improve Blood Sugar Control
During research, patients were introduced to a diabetes-appropriate diet containing oatmeal during a short hospital stay, then examined again four weeks later. On average, patients achieved a 40% reduction in insulin dosage and maintained the reduction even after 4 weeks on their own at home.
- Helps in reducing weight
Oats have a high fiber content. Fiber is necessary in keeping bowel movements regular. Oats are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. It is spongy and absorbs many times its own weight of liquid. It makes stools heavier and speeds their passage through the gut, relieving constipation.
- Rich in Antioxidants
Antioxidant compounds unique to oats, called avenanthramides, help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, suggests a study conducted at Tufts University and published in The Journal of Nutrition.
|Oats, unprocessed, dry
|Nutrient||Amount||DRI/DV (%)||Nutrient Density||World’s Healthiest Foods Rating|
|phosphorus||203.97 mg||29||3.5||very good|
|vitamin B1||0.30 mg||25||3||good|
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